GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rhandirmwyn Walks

3 miles (5.6 km)

This pretty little village is located in a peaceful spot in the Upper Towy valley in Carmarthenshire. It's a lovely quiet place for a walk with scenic views and a fine old pub to relax in afterwards.
This circular walk from the village visits the River Towy (Afon Tyfi) before heading to the old Nantymwyn Lead mine. Here you'll find some photogenic old remains of this significant mine which are a scheduled ancient monument. You'll then explore the peaceful woodland area at Nant Gwyn to the east of the village. The final section links up with the river where there's some lovely views down the Towy Valley from the bridge on the western side of the settlement.

Postcode

SA20 0NY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Rhandirmwyn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Rhandirmwyn Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Rhandirmwyn

  • Llyn Brianne - Enjoy a walk or cycle along this beautiful reservoir in central Wales
  • Llandovery - This market town in the Cambrian Mountains has some nice riverside walks along the River Towy and River Bran to try
  • Usk Reservoir - Follow the circular cycling and walking trail around the beautiful Usk Reservoir on this route in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Cynghordy Viaduct - This circular walk visit the impressive CynghordyViaduct in Carmarthenshire
  • Llandeilo - This circular walk takes you through the countryside surrounding the Carmarthenshire town of Llandeilo
  • Dinefwr Park - Explore the 12th-century Welsh castle, the historic house, the 18th-century landscaped park and the medieval deer park in this large park in Llandeilo
  • Llyn y Fan Fach - This is a super waterside walk through a particularly beautiful section of the Brecon Beacons
  • Lampeter - ThisCeredigion based townsits at the confluence of theRivers Dulas Teifi

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the splendid Royal Oak Inn for some post walk refreshment. There's a good menu and a nice outdoor seating area with views of the Upper Towy Valley. The cosy interior has a good atmosphere and real log fires. They also provide accommodation so if you need to stay over to further explore the area it's a great choice. You can find the pub in the village at postcode SA20 0NY for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The river and woodland trails around the village are ideal for a dog walk. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north from the village and you could visit the beautiful Llyn Brianne. Near here there's also the expansive Tywi Forest where you can look out for red squirrels.
Head south and there's the nearby town of Llandovery where you could visit the 13th century castle and the Usk Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambrian Mountains Walks and the Brecon Beacons Walks page.

Photos

The Royal Oak Inn, Rhandirmwyn - geograph.org.uk - 1220355

The Royal Oak Inn, Rhandirmwyn

Afon Tywi - geograph.org.uk - 389981

Afon Tywi

Old mill, Nantymwyn mine - geograph.org.uk - 783361

Old mill, Nantymwyn mine. These are the remains of the flotation mill built by the Sulphide Corporation around about 1929 as part of its heavy investment in new processing plant on the site associated with the sinking of New Shaft. The mill used chemical flotation processes to separate out lead and zinc. The mine was abandoned in 1932.

Forest road beside the Nant Bai - geograph.org.uk - 783328

Forest road beside the Nant Bai. This forest road runs from Nant-y-Bai near Rhandirmwyn up to the site of the Nantymwyn lead mine. Spoil and mine tailings lie beside the Nant Bai stream on the left while on the right are the wooded slopes of Cnwch.

Angred Shaft, Nantymwyn mine - geograph.org.uk - 783374

Angred Shaft, Nantymwyn mine. The typical cone-shaped run-in in front of the engine house is the site of Angred Shaft, which was just over 200 metres deep and intersected the mine's Deep Boat Level. The engine house and chimney for the beam pumping and winding engine that worked in the shaft are a scheduled monument, but the lack of care and maintenance means that the engine house in particular is now in a very poor state.

Ore bins, Nantymwyn lead mine - geograph.org.uk - 783357

Ore bins, Nantymwyn lead mine. These are some of the remains of the ore processing plant installed below Pen Cerrig-mwyn by the Sulphide Corporation, which ran the mine from 1927. Ore from the crushing mill built beside New Shaft was fed through these bins and hoppers into the flotation plant to separate out lead and zinc.

The Towy Valley - geograph.org.uk - 1134415

View up the Towy Valley as seen from just south of Rhandirmwyn.

Afon Tywi at Rhandirmwyn - geograph.org.uk - 1339892

Afon Tywi at Rhandirmwyn. Looking downstream from the bridge.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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